So, Senator Tom Carper just admitted to the PhRMA/WH deal.
No. Seriously. For those who don’t remember, the White House traded an $80 billion cap in costs with PhRMA in exchange for $150 million in pro-health care rationing advertising buys, then claimed that they didn’t do any such thing. Except that now Senator Carper’s committed the classic Kinsley gaffe: inadvertently telling the truth in Washington by admitting matter-of-factly that such a deal apparently took place. | Read More »
Henry Waxman doesn’t *care* what President Obama said.
And he wants to make sure that the pharmaceutical companies understand that, too. The House Energy Chair intends to retroactively remove what Waxman calls a ‘windfall’ involving Medicare D drug charges, and never mind what either the President or PhRMA thinks: Drug makers contend they have already worked out a 10-year, $80 billion cost-savings deal with the White House and crucial Senate gatekeepers on the | Read More »
How to (legally*) personally profit from your position as a Presidential Senior Advisor.
Just follow these easy steps! Create AKPD Message & Media, a public relations company that specializes in astroturfing. Attach yourself to the campaign of the candidate that eventually wins the 2008 Presidential election. Disengage yourself from AKPD Media, but under circumstances where the company ‘owes’ you 2 million dollars, which it will then pay back over time (we call this ‘income’). Become a Senior Advisor | Read More »
I wonder whether PhRMA cut those ad checks yet?
I do have to wonder whether they have or not, given that the President is apparently changing the deal that the pharmaceutical companies made with the government (cap the pharma industry’s costs from health care rationing at 80 billion over ten years, get 150 million contributed to pro-rationing ad blitzes), presumably on the grounds that of course the administration knew nothing about this ahead of | Read More »